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Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Rochefort, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4390   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very dark reddish brown. Smells of chocolate, yeast, maybe a hint of banana. Very nice start and finish to this Ale. Veru smooth. By far one of, if not the best Trappistes Ale I have had to date.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Bottle. Boy what a great aroma. Sweet, malty, very fruity with hints of plums and sweet cherries. Thin off white head and medium bodied. Flavor matches the aroma for the most part. Finish is chalky, spicy, sweet, and slightly bitter. It lingers nicely. Alcohol is very well hidden! Great beer, if only it was a little cheaper!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Tasted alongside Westvleteren 12, which may be unfair, but it did provide for an enjoyable comparison. Dark brown with an almost blackish tinge. Somewhat musty aroma, also banana. Flavor reveals banana and mustiness and a somewhat overly alcoholic nose. An outstanding beer, but I note the deficiencies more so than the positives, as I tried it alongside the best beer in the world.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlagstoneHill (213) - Erie, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 330 ml bottle (tasted 11 Nov 07, date code "03 05 11"). been saving in the fridge for a while...
Ap: 4 Rich chestnut brown with chunks caused by a careless pour.
Ar: 8 Bready (dark rye bread) with carmelly hints, not much hop character
Fl: 9 Sweet all throughout with very smooth maltiness
Pa: 3 heavy body, lt carb.
OA: 19 Complex and malty belgian beer - nice stuff indeed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Aroma of dried fruit, malt, toffee. Appears a hazy nut-brown color with a creamy tan head that is small but lasts. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, yeast, and alcohol, with a dry spicy finish. Palate is thick and creamy. Overall, I did not find this brew to be exciting, though it is almost assuredly me and not the brew. I found it to be a bit overbearing, but about equal to the sum of its parts. I much prefered the 8, as I felt it to be much more flavorful.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 29, 2005
Dark amber color, creamy foam. Fantastic aroma, caramel, some cafè, Very alcolic..(11.3%) but there is not alcol in aroma. *Perfectly balanced* This is the best Trappist beer that i have never drink...

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2005
This beer is as good as it gets. Heavy, yeasty, malty nose. Chocolate/amber in color with a big rocky head and great lacing. I don’t know what exactly to say about the flavor - simultaneously incredibly complex and beautifully balanced. Pepper, dough, cherry - it’s all in there. The finish is also long and wonderful. Unfortunately, it’s too damn strong to get in my car and go get another. Oh well, it will be worth the wait for the next one!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnsofistaCat (235) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 I find the palate on this to be almost perfect. Dark red in color. Creamy head that slowly recedes. I get whiffs of maybe plums…..I taste fig, dates, oak…little vanilla…little cherry? Except for some strong alcohol taste and the price…this thing is almost perfect.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CiroFerrara (85) - USA - DEC 28, 2005
This is a perfect beer. The only disadvantage it contains is that it does leave you with a sharp after taste of strong alcohol, don’t drink these beers usually. Best once a month.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Handle (10) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
The flavor was complicated but it definelty tasted of rasins. Excellent carbination and fine head. The nose was very floral and sweet. Probably one of the best beers I have ever had.


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